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Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000

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The Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for use with the DS-4000 is the ideal way to record your voice digitally. The small and lightweight microphone can be clipped to your tie or collar and hidden from view under your jacket while still getting crystal-clear reception and transmitting it to your Olympus voice recorder.

Small/Lightweight
At only 11 grams, you won't even feel the microphone on you as it transmits your voice in excellent digital quality. It is so small that it will fit under your jacket or shirt for concealment.
Microphone Tie pin/clip
Frequency Response 100-12,000 Hz
Plug 3.5mm Monaural mini-plug
Sensitivity -42dB at 1 kHz
Frequency Response 100 - 12,000Hz
Impedance 2.2k Ohm
Power Plug-in-power system (1.5-10V)
Dimensions (HxW) 8.8 x 34.3 mm
Weight 11 grams

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OlympusME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000
 
4.4

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (12)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Reliable (6)

Cons

  • Picks up background noise (4)

Best Uses

  • Conversation piece (8)
  • Lectures (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (10), Gearhead (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for Unlikely Use

I'm using this microphone as the sound gathering point in a home-built parabolic microphone (couldn't afford the professional model Telinga). Using the tie clip affixed to a short piece of wire, I've centered...Read complete review

I'm using this microphone as the sound gathering point in a home-built parabolic microphone (couldn't afford the professional model Telinga). Using the tie clip affixed to a short piece of wire, I've centered the little mike to the focal point of an 18 inch diameter mixing bowl, and I've found that the ME-15 has worked wonders at picking up bird calls, which I then record on to an Olympus LS-10 field recorder. The sound quality is, perhaps, a little on the hollow side, but that may be the fault of the mixing bowl, which is not a true parabola.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not for semi-professional use

I am a wedding cinematographer who just started last year,so I was on a tight budget. I read a million lav mic reviews and I read mixed reviews for this mic. In the...Read complete review

I am a wedding cinematographer who just started last year,so I was on a tight budget. I read a million lav mic reviews and I read mixed reviews for this mic. In the end though it was super cheap and there were some good reviews so I finally bought it. I was disappointed. The amount of background noise was unacceptable for professional or even semi-professional use. I had to do a lot of tweaking in post and I still wasn't happy with the end result (although to be fair, my specialty is with video not audio). Anyway, I understand how it could be acceptable for student filmmakers just starting out but I would suggest spending a little more, especially if you are really trying to make it in the field.

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4.0

Great mic for trade shows

By Nick-Mktg

from Vero Beach, FL

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • High Quality Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Lectures
    • Trade Show

    Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

    I used this for a trade show in order to be heard over the crowd noise. This high-quality microphone is perfectly suited for those wanting to be heard clearly.

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    5.0

    Great for Ghost Hunting

    By Ed P

    from Detroit, MI

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • High Quality Sound
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

        Very sensitive and works great for EVP gathering. I clip it on my shoulder and have it hooked to my Olympus recorder. Works great. Very clear.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Not for semi-professional use

        By JRao

        from Silver Spring, MD

        Pros

          Cons

          • Picks Up Background Noise
          • Poor Quality Sound

          Best Uses

            Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

            I am a wedding cinematographer who just started last year,so I was on a tight budget. I read a million lav mic reviews and I read mixed reviews for this mic. In the end though it was super cheap and there were some good reviews so I finally bought it. I was disappointed. The amount of background noise was unacceptable for professional or even semi-professional use. I had to do a lot of tweaking in post and I still wasn't happy with the end result (although to be fair, my specialty is with video not audio). Anyway, I understand how it could be acceptable for student filmmakers just starting out but I would suggest spending a little more, especially if you are really trying to make it in the field.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for Unlikely Use

            By Sound Naturalist

            from North Stonington CT

            About Me Naturalist, Photographer, Science writer, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • High Quality Sound
            • Light weight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Hollow sound quality
            • Picks Up Background Noise

            Best Uses

            • Natural sounds recording

            Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

            I'm using this microphone as the sound gathering point in a home-built parabolic microphone (couldn't afford the professional model Telinga). Using the tie clip affixed to a short piece of wire, I've centered the little mike to the focal point of an 18 inch diameter mixing bowl, and I've found that the ME-15 has worked wonders at picking up bird calls, which I then record on to an Olympus LS-10 field recorder. The sound quality is, perhaps, a little on the hollow side, but that may be the fault of the mixing bowl, which is not a true parabola.

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            5.0

            Great Sound, Low Price

            By Runamok

            from Menifee Ca

            About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • High Quality Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Conversations

              Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

              This mic really sounds great for a [$]mic

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Microphone for GoPro Hero2

              By lowpull

              from Manteca, CA

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Low price
              • No batteries required
              • Omni-directional
              • Short cord

              Cons

              • Not stereo

              Best Uses

              • Aviation headsets
              • Conversations
              • interviews

              Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

              I bought this microphone for my new GoPro Hero2 camera. It was unclear to me how this would work for my use because GoPro recommended a powered microphone, which this is not.
              I'm using it in my aviation headset to capture the radio/intercom audio. It worked really well for this.
              I'm not sure how it would work at a concert or the like, where you are trying to capture a broad range of frequencies.

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              4.0

              Much more convenient

              By Don the conversation ease-dropper :)

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Gearhead

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Conversations

                Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

                I think this thing is awesome. It allows me to record with my hands free so I don't need to walk around and act like I'm hiding something in my hand. The only thing better would be a wireless mic.

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                5.0

                Don't judge the book by it's cover

                By Petair75

                from Raleigh NC

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact Design

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Lectures

                  Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

                  I use it with the go pro camera for conversation purposes. I like the compact size, that's what I was looking for with the go pro, easy to work with. The sound quality is very good and clear. It is not very loud because it's mono, but it's easily fixable by turning the volume up, or in my editing software, just copy the sound and paste it into an other track, and pull one track to the left, pull the other track to the right turns it into stereo sound, and gets louder to the normal stereo sound level, only takes a few seconds to do. It work the best for a closer distances, but that's just fine because I don't want the background noise anyway... Overall I like it, I'm very happy with it, just what I was looking for.

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                  5.0

                  A terrific microphone

                  By Truman

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • High Quality Sound

                  Cons

                  • Picks Up Background Noise

                  Best Uses

                  • Conversations

                  Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

                  I use it with my Williams Pocket talker and it works nicely with that. A
                  nice, obscure mic.
                  I agree that it would be better if the tie clip were black.
                  Where I go with a Williams sound transmitter and wireless listening devices,
                  I do not use this mic becasue it picks up all the noise of the open space,
                  but, otherwise, it is a great portable mic.

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                  5.0

                  Super Stealth

                  By Byron Yeager

                  from Windward Oahu

                  About Me Consistent, Gearhead, Old Fashioned, PROFESSIONAL, Sound Sensitive, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Efficient
                  • High Quality Sound
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Conversations
                    • Lectures
                    • Narrative
                    • Speaches

                    Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

                    Quality, lightweight, consistent. Affordable and efficient.

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                    3.0

                    Average Mono Mic

                    By AU

                    from Edmonton

                    About Me Gearhead

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design

                    Cons

                    • Picks Up Background Noise

                    Best Uses

                    • Conversations

                    Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

                    Price reflects output. Noise in background but okay for close-up speech.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Works great with my Zoom H1

                    By marshallbaker

                    from broken arrow, ok

                    About Me Tech Savvy, Video professional

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • High Quality Sound
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • interviews
                      • Lectures

                      Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

                      Although I had heard great things about the Audio-Technica ATR-35S Lavalier Microphone working well with the zoom h1, the output level was way too low.

                      With the ME-15, it works great. I plug the ME-15 into the zoom, hide the zoom inside the talents pocket, and sync to my footage in post. Great audio quality.

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                      4.0

                      Impressive

                      By Cliff

                      from Portland, OR

                      About Me Gearhead

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Conversations
                        • Lectures

                        Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

                        First and foremost, for the price this mic is great. The specs don't speak to the mic to be for professional use; its dynamic range is for 'average' voice pickup. It's a TS 1/8" input patch cable about 1 meter in length. The clip is chromed instead of a preferable black.

                        These things notwithstanding, I've been using it mainly to give a greater flexibility when I'm using a hand-held voice recorder around the office or outdoors. It's already paid for itself and I've had it only for a few weeks.

                        If you have a pocketable, consumer-type device and want to give yourself some distance or remove having to hold the device in your hand, this mic will do the trick. You can clip to your lapel and the cable length will easily let you pocket your device in your front or back pocket (or purse or backpack).

                        Olympus makes a ton of handheld voice recorders so I assume they designed this mic to provide a solution for their line of product. I have a Sony sx700 and it works with no problems at all.

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                        4.0

                        Works with TASCAM Recorders

                        By LV Dan

                        from Las Vegas, NV

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Lectures

                            Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

                            This is a decent microphone and works well with Plug-In Power and does not need it's own battery. It works well with the TASCAM recorders such as the DR-08.

                            This microphone has good low end without getting boomy. It is not as bright (lower highs) as it should be but still produces decent vocal recordings. I would give it more stars if it had a better frequency response.

                            The right angle, mono, 1/8" plug is sturdy and good for personal recorders.

                            The tie clip is chrome and looks terrible. I do not recommend using it with video because it reflects lights, causing flashes. Find another mount.

                            It handles wind well and has relatively low handling noise (for mic and cable) compared to other lapel microphones.

                            This is very useable microphone, although not quite good enough for a professional recording. It is adequate for lectures and web streaming audio.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            tie clip microphone...perfect!

                            By Amy the performer

                            from Austin, Texas

                            About Me Technically Challenged

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • High Quality Sound
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Conversations
                              • Lectures

                              Comments about Olympus ME-15 Tie Clip Microphone for DS-4000:

                              Before ordering this product I was concerned about it plugging into my Sony digital voice recorder. But was reassured by the tech support man that it would be fine...and it was. The product was at my door within a few days and the quality of sound is great! I recommend.

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